Barth Bite for Saturday October 10, 2015

“We must at this point recall the basic rule of all Church dogmatics: that no single item of Christian doctrine is legitimately grounded, or rightly developed or expounded, unless it can of itself be understood and explained as a part of the responsibility laid upon the hearing and teaching Church towards the self-revelation of God attested in Holy Scripture.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.2, page 35

Barth Bite for Wednesday October 7, 2015

” Theology must begin with Jesus Christ, and not with general principles, however better, or, at any rate, more relevant and illuminating, they may appear to be: as though He were a continuation of the knowledge and Word of God, and not its root and origin, not indeed the very Word of God itself.”                                       – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.2, page 4

Barth Bite for Saturday October 3, 2015

“We cannot for one moment think of eternity without thinking of God, nor can we think of it otherwise than by thinking of God, by knowing Him and believing in Him and obeying Him—for there is no knowledge of God without this—by loving Him in return when He has first loved us.” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.1, page 638

Barth Bite for Friday October 2, 2015

“Having loved us from eternity, and granted us from eternity our existence, fellowship with Himself, life in hope and eternal life itself, God also loves us here and now, in the temporality ordained for us from eternity, wholeheartedly and unreservedly, so that any doubt or lack of assurance is a burden which we impose on ourselves, while from His side there is only one message even to our life in its temporality, and that is: ‘Be not over-anxious.'” – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, Volume II.1, page 624